Julia Sugarbaker Talks Politics and Religion

Julia Sugarbaker Talks Politics and Religion

Today’s post on Sunshine Faith:  http://sunshinefaith.com/julia-sugarbaker-talks-politics-religion/

View Julia Sugarbaker’s testimony:  http://youtu.be/3C_ZsndZ3QI

What does it mean to be liberal, progressive, conservative, traditional, Christian, American, etc.? And do these labels divide us rather than illuminate where we stand and our priorities? The divisiveness these labels create is captured in this clip from “Designing Women.” And even though “Designing Women” was a sitcom from over 20 years ago, that dynamic remains true even today. I believe we can get so caught up in proving how our “Americanness” and “Christianness” is so much better than the other person’s that we fail to address real human problems such as poverty, education and discrimination. We get lost in the rhetoric of demonstrating how our opponents are so un-American or un-Christian that we fail to live into the Gospel’s teachings of justice and service, oftentimes narrowing and confining G-d and justice to the point that they are unreachable and untenable to everyone, including ourselves. Is it possible to move towards an environment where regardless of ideology, we are able to put aside our egos and work towards the betterment and wholeness of society together? What would and could that look like? How can we make that happen?

Please check out other posts and reflections by myself and others at Sunshine Faith:  http://sunshinefaith.com/

About delfinwaldemar

i am a native of miami, fl and i am of cuban and salvadoran heritage. i am a social worker and queer theologian who is passionate about engaging the intersections of religion, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and justice—specifically around lgbtq issues. i have a master in divinity as well as a master of social work. as an activist scholar of faith, i am interested in creating spaces where individuals and communities are safe and challenged to explore identity, expression, gender, and orientation in their complexities. i enjoy cooking, eating, laughing, writing, photography, eating more, “queerying” theology, and spending time with family and friends--especially my dearly beloved (while also driving him crazy). my approach to life is rooted in la lucha (the struggle)—lifting up our stories and experiences to inspire creative and authentic conversations and actions that thrive outside boxes transgressing dominant narratives. i hope this space will provide folks who feel isolated or disconnected from communities, especially religious one, an opportunity to wrestle and reconnect and re-member and simply be with the sacred. being raised roman catholic, i have felt marginalized and alone because of who i am within my church community--my queerness bars me from being able to pursue ordination and so this blog will be a space for me to share my journey of faith through homilies, pictures, liturgies, rants, queeries...my prayer is that this space become a pulpit and sanctuary, a new way of living into our call to radical holiness juntos...a place where you, me, G-d will caminar juntos y juntas en la lucha. Amen.

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